Lament for Terence MacDonough

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LAMENT FOR TERENCE MACDONOUGH. AKA and see "McDonogh’s Lamentation," "Young Terrance McDonough." Irish, Lament (3/4 time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) on the occasion of the death of Terence MacDonough of Sligo in 1713. Donal O'Sullivan (1958) notes structural similarities with "Carolan's Cottage." O'Sullivan has an extensive background note on this tune, covering more than two whole pages.

Turlough O'Carolan

Terence MacDonough (?-1713) of Sligo was an interesting man, indeed--a soldier, lawyer, man of affairs, patron, and poet himself. An able Counsellor-at-law, the MacDonough represented the borough of Sligo in King James's Irish Parliament of 1689. He was the only Catholic Counsel admitted to the Irish bar in his day. He fought for King James at the end of the 17th century, attaining the rank of Captain in Colonel Henry Dillon's regiment of infantry. He was captured at the siege of Derry in 1689, but after the end of hostilities in 1691 MacDonaough resumed his practice at the bar, and attained great renown. He was much mourned at his death, not the least by numerous Irish poets and bards from whom several poems expressive of the grief survive, for not only was he a fellow-poet, but as a patron his house was "a seminary to the Bards of Ireland." "Lament for Terence MacDonough" first appears in John and William Neal's Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes (Dublin, c. 1724, p. 10). See also James Oswald's version as "McDonogh’s Lamentation," and mention of the tune in note to "Owen O'Rourke."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 210, p. 144. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958, No. 210, p. 222.

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